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Jeff Smith - Enough Talk, Let’s Act

State Senator Jeff Smith
September 22, 2021

I find that participating in a task force or study group can be an eye opening and enriching experience that helps me grow as a person. Without better understanding an issue, state leaders can be flailing in the dark, but hearing from experts and reading about solutions that have worked in other states can help guide our work.


Wisconsin DHS COVID media briefing 9/22/2021

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COVID-19 Media Briefing - 09/22/2021

September 22, 2021


DHS experts will answer questions about the status of COVID-19 in Wisconsin and our response.


  • Secretary-designee Karen Timberlake, Wisconsin Department of Health Services 
  • Dr. Ryan Westergaard, Chief Medical Officer, DHS Bureau of Communicable Diseases


Wednesday, September 22, 2021 from 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. 

COVID Update from Dr. Hall - 9/20/2021

Dunn County Covid Cases
September 21, 2021
Data update for Dunn County. Cases continue to increase, especially in ages 10-19. All counties in the Chip Valley have broken records for new daily cases this year. Cases in Stout students are still low but starting to tick upward. Two new deaths in Dunn County, both under age 60 and without any underlying health conditions. We've now had three deaths total this month (out of 40 total since the pandemic began), 1 person in their 60's and the other two under 60.

COVID-19 update from KT Gallagher 9/17/2021

KT Gallagher
September 17, 2021

In today's COVID-19 update Dunn County Public Health Administrator KT Gallagher points out serious changes recently in the behavior of COVID-19 in Dunn County. In particular, 10% of the cases are now taking place in children under 9. 

Jeff Smith - Redistricting: The Responsibility of a Lifetime

Senator Jeff Smith
September 16, 2021

Imagine what it must be like to have a job that carries with it a lifetime guarantee. No matter what you do, no matter how you behave, your job can’t be taken from you until you decide to give it up. Make terrible choices that hurt the clients you’re supposed to serve? Ignore calls from customers? Don’t bother showing up to your job for nearly a year? You face no consequences and you keep your job.


COVID Update from Dr. Hall 9/16/2021

Dunn County COVID-19 Cases
September 16, 2021
Heads up / interim update for Dunn County. We have not seen a 7-day average this high (32) since last December. Continued increasing cases, disproportionately driven by those aged 10-19.

Arrest made in multiple Dunn County homicide

Darren Lee McWright (Osborne)
September 16, 2021

Late yesterday arrest warrants were issued for two suspects in the recent homicide case in which four bodies were found in an abandoned SUV in rural Dunn County.  One arrest has been made of Darren Lee McWright (Osborne), date of birth 03/15/1965 of St. Paul, MN. He is currently being held in the Ramsey County Minnesota Jail. 

A second suspect is Antoine Darnique Suggs, date of birth 06/26/1983. Suggs is believed to be in the St. Paul/ Minneapolis area. 

Four found fatally shot in SUV in rural Dunn County - Sheriff's Press Conference

Dunn Co. Sheriff press conference

September 14, 2021

On September 12, 2021 about 2:18PM the Dunn County Emergency Communications Center received a 911 call reporting a death in the Town of Sheridan in northern Dunn County. Four bodies were found in an abandoned SUV that was driven into a cornfield in the township. 

Menomonie School Board weakens COVID exclusion rules in the district

Menomonie School Board Meeting 9/13/2021

September 12, 2021

PLEASE NOTE - due to the expected great interest in the proposed COVID policy changes tonight's meeting is being moved to the Menomonie High School Auditorium. A notice about this will go out shortly from the district. 

Dunn County COVID-19 Update with KT Gallagher for 9/3/2021

KT Gallagher
September 3, 2021

As always, KT Gallagher, Dunn County Health Department Administrator, give you the Dunn County numbers and answers your questions about the trend for the Delta COVID-19 variant and how to find some of the data for the county and the state on your own. 

COVID Updates from Dr. Hall - 9/3/2021

Covid Cases Graph
September 3, 2021
Then & Now, Dunn County edition:
We are currently far above the levels of COVID we were seeing last year at this time. Many things have changed since last year, in ways that could make a fall surge better or worse than before. And, as with all things COVID, our predictions are often likely to not come true - the factors are so complicated and there is still much to learn.

Why the Wisconsin Supreme Court doesn’t want to take on redistricting

Wisconsin Capitol
September 2, 2021

The conservative legal outfit Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty (WILL) is once again urging the Wisconsin Supreme Court to take control of drawing the state’s political maps.

COVID Updates from Dr. Hall - 9/2/2021

September 2, 2021
Editor's Note - we will begin carrying updates from Dr. Alexandra Hall on the COVID-19 status in the Chippewa Valley, particularly in regard to Dunn County.
Interim update on Chippewa Valley - significant continued increases in cases in Eau Claire & Chip, staying high in Dunn.

Jeff Smith - Homework to Start the School Year

State Senator Jeff Smith
September 1, 2021

We’ve reached that point of year again when kids are excited to return to the classroom, see their friends and begin a new school year. As adults, we can understand their excitement, but it’s up to us to make sure kids can have a safe and successful school year.


Jeff Smith - Less for Rx Affects Us All

State Senator Jeff Smith
August 27, 2021

Nobody should have to choose between paying for groceries or lifesaving drugs. Many people even ration their drug to save money and end up putting themselves at greater risk. According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, 37% of individuals taking four or more medications per day could not afford their prescriptions.


Dunn County COVID-19 update for 8/27/2021

KT Gallagher
August 27, 2021

In her weekly update Dunn County Health Department Administrator KT Gallagher give you the numbers on COVID from Dunn County and answers your questions from social media.

Menomonie School Board maintains optional mask wearing for schools

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Menomonie School Board Special Meeting 8/25/2021

August 24, 2021

This morning Superintendent of Schools Joe Zydowsky posted the text of the masking resolution that will be voted on in tonight's meeting:

Menomonie School District Board and Annual Meeting 8/23/2021

Menomonie School Board and School Annual Meeting for 8/23/2021

August 23, 2021

On August 23 the School District of the Menomonie Area board will meet at 5 PM to hold  the regularly scheduled special board meeting AND will meet at 6 PM to hold the district Annual Meeting. If the schoold board meeting does not end before 6 PM, the School Board Meeting will re-convene after the Annual Meeting. WisCommunity will attempt a live stream of both meetings on this page. 

Dunn County COVID-19 update for 8/20/2021

KT Gallagher
August 21, 2021

As always, Dunn County Public Health Director KT Gallagher gives you the latest COVID-19 statistics and answers the questions that were posed on social media for the week. This time KT talks to you from the great outdoors.

Wisconsin DHS COVID-19 Media Briefing for 8/19/2021

COVID-19 Media Briefing - 08/019/2021

August 19, 2021

Wisconsin DHS officials will hold a media briefing today on the COVID-19 situation at noon today and will provide new data on the current outbreak. The media conference call will be carried here live. 


DHS experts will answer questions about the status of COVID-19 in Wisconsin and discuss updates to available data.